SP's Azam Khan says he has no plan to resign

After reports that he had offered to leave the Uttar Pradesh cabinet over being removed as the minister in charge of Meerut district, senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said he had not made any such offer and said he had merely offered some suggestions to the party.

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"Who ever has leaked this secret letter that I had written to the government has not done a good thing for the party or the state government.  There is no anger. Whenever we are working with each other we keep giving each other our views," Khan told reporters today.

"As a senior minister it is upto me to point out things to the state government where there may be confusion in order to dispel it," he said.

According to reports, in a letter to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Khan said if he was not capable of being the minister in-charge of Meerut district, he was willing to step down as a cabinet minister, sources said.

He has also asked the Chief Minister to remove him from the responsibilities of minister-in charge for Ghaziabad and Muzzafarnagar too, they said.

According to sources, panchayati raj minister Balram Yadav has been given the charge of Meerut district and Khan was given the responsibility for Pilibhit district.

Khan, UP Urban Development and Minorities Welfare minister, was the minister in-charge of Ghaziabad, Muzzafarnagar and Meerut and responsible for development projects in these districts. The Samajwadi Party leader is considered one of the major links to the minority community.